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  • Our Mission

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, provides advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Further, the Council on Homelessness establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Competitions, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness provides a forum for the Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on homeless issues, and advocate on federal, state, county and city policy issues that affect people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
    Read the Contra Costa County Strategic Plan on homelessness.

    Governance

    The Council on Homelessness is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves for a two-year term, which may be renewed. All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County, demonstrate a professional interest in or personal commitment to addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness, and contribute unique expertise, opinions and viewpoints on homeless issues. The Council consists of 17 seats representing homeless or formerly homeless persons, health care (including behavioral health), education, the faith community, government, housing providers, public safety, public housing authority, nonprofit homeless service providers and Veterans Administration. Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance in the development and implementation of long range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County, attend monthly meetings, participate (as needed and able) in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as they are able. The Council on Homelessness meets on the 1st Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. in Martinez.


  • Meetings

    All our meetings are open to the public. The Continuum of Care meets quarterly (on the first Tuesday from 1:00-3:00 pm, in the months of February, May, August and November). These meetings are topic specific stakeholder meetings. The Council on Homelessness meets the first Thursday of every month from 1:00-3:00 pm. These meetings focus on policy and oversight of the Continuum of Care. There are a number of Council on Homelessness Sub-Committees that meet every month. For more information about sub-committees and/or to receive notification of meeting dates and times, email jaime.jenett@cchealth.org

    ADA Accommodations: The Council will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities planning to attend meetings. Please email jaime.jenett@cchealth.org or call 925-608-6716 at least 72 hours before the meeting.

    Continuum of Care

    DATE
    AGENDA
    MINUTES
    MATERIALS
    August 6, 2019 Learning Hub Agenda   Presentation
    May 7, 2019 Agenda   Presentation
    February 5, 2019 Agenda   H3 Housing
    January 18, 2019 Agenda   Presentation

    Council on Homelessness

    DATE
    AGENDA
    MINUTES
    MATERIALS
    August 1, 2019 Agenda   Presentation
    New Project Scoring Tool
    Governance Charter and Bylaws
    Governance Charter and Bylaws - Redline Draft for Adoption
    ESG Process
    July 11, 2019 Cancelled    
    June 6, 2019 Agenda Minutes Presentation
    May 2, 2019 Agenda Minutes Presentation
    April 4, 2019 Agenda Minutes Presentation
    February 7, 2019 Agenda Minutes Presentation

    Archive »


  • Meet the Members

    The Board of Supervisors has established many boards, committees, and commissions to which it appoints Contra Costa residents to serve, on a volunteer basis, to advise the Board on the myriad of programs and issues under the Board's jurisdiction.

    The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness is charged with providing advice and input on the operations of homeless services, program operations, and program development efforts in Contra Costa County. Council members are appointed and serve two year terms.

      Seat Name Appointee Affiliation Term Expiration
    1. Affordable Housing Developer Dan Sawislak Executive Director, Resources for Community Development 12/31/20
    2. Behavioral Health Representative VACANT VACANT 12/31/20
    3. City Government Seat Teri House CDBG Consultant, City of Antioch 12/31/20
    4. CoC/ESG Program Grantee Leslie Gleason Director of Programs, Shelter, Inc. 12/31/21
    5. Community Member Seat Lindy Lavender Policy Director, East Bay Leadership Council 12/31/21
    6. Consumer/Consumer Advocate Candace Collier Former Consumer, Contra Costa Health Services 12/31/20
    7. Education and Vocational Services Representative Alejandra Chamberlain Homeless Education Liaison, Contra Costa Office of Education 12/31/20
    8. Emergency Solutions Grants Representative Gabriel Lemus Contra Costa Department of Conservation and Development 12/31/20
    9. Employment and Human Services (EHSD) Representative Sherry Lynn Peralta Program Director, Employment and Human Services Department 12/31/21
    10. Faith Community Representative Doug Leich Multi-Faith ACTION Coalition 12/31/21
    11. Health Care Representative Manuel Arredondo, LCSW, MPH Supervisor of Integrated Behavioral Health, La Clinica De La Raza 12/31/21
    12. Homeless Service Provider Deanne Pearn Executive Director, Contra Costa Interfaith Housing 12/31/20
    13. Public Housing Authority Tony Ucciferri Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Housing Authority of County of Contra Costa 12/31/21
    14. Public Safety Representative #2 Bradley Lindblom Sergeant, San Pablo Police Department 12/31/19
    15. Public Safety Representative #1 Manjit Sappal Chief, Martinez Police Department 12/31/20
    16. Reentry Services Representative Patrice Guillory Network Manager, Healthright 360 12/31/19
    17. Veterans Administration Representative Tracy Pullar Homeless Program Manger, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 12/31/20

  • What is the Council on Homelessness?

    The Council on Homelessness is an advisory board appointed by the Board of Supervisors. This Council provides a forum for the homeless Continuum of Care to communicate about the implementation of strategies to prevent and end homelessness. The purpose of the forum is to educate the community on homeless issues and advocate on federal, state, county and city policy issues that affect people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The Council on Homelessness also establishes the local process for applying, reviewing and prioritizing project applications for funding in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Homeless Assistance Grant Competitions, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) Program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program.

    Who Can Apply?

    All Council members must reside, or be employed, in Contra Costa County. Applicants who wish to be considered as a Consumer for the Consumer/Consumer Advocate Seat must have a lived experience of homelessness (i.e., be homeless or formerly homeless). Applicants who wish to be considered as a Consumer Advocate for the Consumer/Consumer Advocate Seat are not required to have lived experience of homelessness.

    How long would I serve?

    Council on Homelessness members serve for a two-year term, which may be renewed.

    What do Councilmembers do?

    Members of the Council assist with and provide guidance to the development and implementation of long-range planning and policy formulation of homeless issues in Contra Costa County. They attend monthly meetings, participate in subcommittees, and attend quarterly General Membership meetings as required.

    What is the time commitment?

    The Council on Homelessness meets on the first Thursday of each month from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. in varying locations. Continuum of Care meetings take place on the first Tuesday of February, May, August and November from 1:00-3:00 pm, at 2425 Bisso Lane, Concord.

    Members of the Council also participate in various subcommittees including:

    • Performance Measures Committee
    • Policy and Advocacy Committee
    • Point in Time Count Committee

    What qualities is the Council seeking in an applicant?

    Council members must demonstrate a professional interest in, or personal commitment to, addressing and alleviating the impact of homelessness. A person must contribute unique expertise, opinions, and viewpoints on homeless issues. Where a potential Council member represents a coalition, consortium, association, neighborhood group, or voluntary organization, the nominee must represent to the Council the group's mission.

    Where can I learn more about the Council on Homelessness?

    cchealth.org/h3

    What seats are open?

    There are currently no open seats.

    How do I apply?

    If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Council on Homelessness,

    • Complete the online application here:
      NOTE: Select "Contra Costa Council on Homelessness" from the drop down menu and complete the form and enter the Seat Name you are applying for (see above re: "open seats".
    • We also encourage applicants to send a separate email to cchomelesscouncil@cchealth.org with a personal statement explaining why they are interested in being part of the Council on Homelessness.
    • You may be contacted for an in person or phone interview.

    Whom do I contact if I have questions?

    Jaime Jenett, Continuum of Care Planning and Policy Manager
    Contra Costa Health Services: Health, Housing and Homeless Services
    Tel: 925-608-6716 Cell: 925-464-0152 Email: Jaime.Jenett@cchealth.org


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  • Built for Zero

    Built for Zero is a rigorous national campaign coordinated by Community Solutions to end chronic and veteran homelessness. In Contra Costa County, we realized that in order to end homelessness, we needed to know exactly who needs help. To do this, we have created a By-Name List of homeless veterans and the chronically homeless in our community. This tool is becoming a national standard to help communities get a clearer picture of who needs help, how many people are being housed and how many people are entering or returning to homelessness each month. Learn more about this campaign.


  • Contact COH

    Contact Us

    Council on Homelessness
    2400 Bisso Lane, Suite D, 2nd Floor
    Concord, CA 94520

    E-mail: cchomelesscouncil@cchealth.org
    Phone: 925-608-6700